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Where we live: Clarence


The Clarence Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously last month to accept a proposal from the municipal design firm of Clark Patterson Lee for planning and engineering services for the Clarence Main Street Corridor Economic Development Plan. The plan will mirror the “Picture Main Street” project in Williamsville, officials said in a statement.

Clarence Town Supervisor David C. Hartzell, who is the chairman of the Clarence IDA, said in a statement: “I believe this is the single, most important action that the Clarence IDA has ever taken. It sets the stage for the kind of economic development that promotes the character of the Town and benefits its residents with additional jobs and lower taxes. There will be no cost to Town of Clarence taxpayers-any and all costs will be picked up by the CIDA, which is funded by fees charged by businesses that have moved into the Town of Clarence.” This week:

• The annual Labor Day Fair, hosted by the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company’s Benevolent Association, continues through Monday. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Fire Hall, 9415 Clarence Center Road.

A demolition derby is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday, with fireworks set for 10 p.m. The parade through the streets of Clarence Center starts at 1 p.m. Monday. For more information, go to

• The Historical Society hosts a fall program at 7 p.m. Tuesday titled “What Ken Burns Left Out” about the Roosevelt family. Theodore Roosevelt Site Curator Lenora Henson will be the featured speaker. The event is at the Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St.

• The Clarence Town Board meets at 6 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday in Town Hall, 1 Town Place.

• The Clarence Youth Board is continuing its “Angel Project” with a school supply collection. New school supplies, including backpacks, notebook filler paper, crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, three-ring spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, composition books, folders, index cards and markers, colored pencils, tissues and glue sticks will be accepted.

Barrel drop-offs are located at the Clarence Library, 3 Town Place; Youth Bureau, 10510 Main St.; and the Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Road.

Items can also brought to the Elementary School Open House on Sept. 10 for grades 3 to 5 and Sept. 17 for grades kindergarten to 2.

• The Clarence Contemporary Club holds its first membership meeting of the season at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. A short meeting and luncheon will be followed by a presentation by Colleen Collins and Lisa Booz on Camp Good Days & Special Times. For more information, contact Barbara at 741-3208.